St. Josaphat School Holds Commencement Exercises for Class of 2001
Parishioner of SS. Boris & Hlib Cathedral is Class Valedictorian - Receives Principal's Award

PARMA OHIO: Commencement Exercises for the 2001 Eighth Grade Class of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral School were held on Thursday, June 7. A Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving was celebrated in St. Josaphat Cathedral at which the Right Rev. Msgr. Mitred Archpriest Michael B. Rewtiuk, pastor of St. Josaphat Cathedral, was the principal celebrant. Concelebrating with Msgr. Rewtiuk were: The Rev. Canon Andrew G. Hanowsky, school administrator, Rev. Valerian M. Michlik, assistant pastor of St. Josaphat Cathedral and Rev. Vasyl Petriv, pastor of Pokrova Ukrainian Catholic Church in Parma. Archdeacon Jeffrey Smolilo also served at the Liturgy.

Presiding at the Divine Liturgy was His Excellency, The Most Rev. Robert M. Moskal, Bishop of the Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma. Bishop Robert presented the diplomas to the graduates and offered words of congratulations to the faculty, students and parents.

Valedictorian of the Class of 2001 was Zoryana Klebanik, a parishioner of SS. Boris & Hlib Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland and daughter of Protodeacon and Mrs. Volodymyr Klebanik. Zoryana was also the recipient of a number of academic and cultural awards, including the coveted "Principal's Award" which was presented by Sister Miriam Claire, OSBM, principal of St. Josaphat Cathedral School. Sr. Claire recognized the high level of academic and personal maturity that Ms. Klebanik has displayed during her years at St. Josaphat School and recognized the example of her parents in contributing to the high level of excellence that Zoryana has achieved.

In attendance at the Divine Liturgy and graduation ceremonies was His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the USA and pastor of SS. Boris & Hlib Cathedral. At the conclusion of the Liturgy and ceremonies, His Excellency, Bishop Robert greeted Vladyka Michael, welcoming him to St. Josaphat Cathedral with the presentation of a rose that had been given to him by the graduates.

Archbishop Michael thanked Bishop Robert for this expression of kindness and good will between the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the USA and the Cathedral of SS. Boris & Hlib. This meeting of the two hierarchs was especially meaningful on the eve of the visit of Pope John Paul II to Ukraine, an historical pilgrimage that has been welcomed by His Holiness, Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate and the Hierarchs of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the USA.

Petitions during the Ektenias of the Divine Liturgy and readings of the Epistle, were provided by members of the graduating class in both Ukrainian and English. Zoryana Klebanik was the reader of the Ukrainian Epistle. Before the end of the ceremonies, graduates expressed their gratitude to parents, clergy, teachers and staff of St. Josaphat School through the presentation of flowers.

After the ceremonies, Archbishop Michael had the opportunity to speak with Sr. M. Claire, OSBM about the importance of our parochial schools in providing Ukrainian American children with a sound academic, spiritual and cultural education. "At a time when many of our parochial schools have closed, it is more important than ever that our people support the continued operation of our Ukrainian parochial schools, so that our young people can receive the invaluable formation that they provide," the Archbishop said.

A reception honoring the graduates was held after the Divine Liturgy in the school cafeteria, provided by the parents of the graduating class.

"It is a fact, that education at parochial schools is often at a higher level of excellence than many public school districts can provide. With a strong commitment from the community, there is great hope of providing many more generations of our young people with the kind of academic, Christian and Ukrainian education that we have come to expect and enjoy from our schools," concluded Archbishop Michael. "Many thanks goes out to our Sisters, clergy and lay staff for their many years of dedication and self-sacrifice. Without their involvement, we would not have the legacy of our parochial school system that we have today."

Zoryana Klebanik receives Holy Communion from her pastor
Class Valedictorian Zoryana Klebanik receives Holy Communion from her pastor on the Sunday preceding the graduation.

Special Blessing for Graduates
Vladyka Michael gives the special "Blessing for Graduates" to Zoryana Klebanik, class valedictorian at St. Josaphat Ukrainian School.


A special "Blessing For Graduates" was given to Zoryana by her pastor, at her home parish of SS. Boris & Hlib Cathedral on the Sunday preceding the graduation, which was also Pentecost Sunday - Zelena Svyata. May God grant to Zoryana Klebanik, her parents and family many happy and blessed years! Na Mnohaya i Blahaya L'ita!

Zoryana Klebanik with her parents and pastor

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